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Pastel Landscape of Stormy Cloud Skies

Posted on Feb 3, 2015 in Pastel Paintings |

I have worked on this storm landscape painting for some time and finally finished it today. The painting was done with soft pastels, mainly Unison and Rembrandt, on Ampersand board. Ampersand is a hard board with grainy surface and a great surface to work on. The painting is 16 x 20 inches.

stormy clouds painting

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Pastel landscape of Forest

Posted on Mar 6, 2014 in Pastel Paintings | 0 comments

A couple years ago I was fortunate to do a pastel workshop with Margaret Evans in New York City with the Pastel Society of America. I chose to do this forest scene since I was immediately drawn to the back light falling through the trees.

Back lit scenes are great subjects especially in the fall season where sunlight catches the backside of orange and yellow leaves. The illusion of depth can be seen here and was achieved by darkening the trees and foreground, against the light values of the background.

Pointing the shadows away from the light source creates perspective and leads the eye towards the light.

I used Great American Pastels and worked on Colorfix sanded paper.

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Fall Landscape Painting in Soft Pastels

Posted on Mar 1, 2014 in Pastel Paintings | 0 comments

Fall colors and landscape paintings have always been one of my favorite topics. This landscape painting shows a forest scene with a river in the fall season.

I used a variety of different pastels to create the painting: Unison, Great American and Mount Vision pastels. I have recently discovered the Mount Vision brand and enjoy working with these sticks. Mount Vision has a drier texture and feel similar to Unison pastels. The sticks are also larger than most other brands and therefore a great value.

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